Degree Attainment

With fewer females than males interested in pursuing a degree in engineering or computer/information sciences, fewer bachelor’s degrees are awarded to females as compared to males. Overall, interest in these fields has grown, with more than 160,000 bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer/information sciences awarded in 2014. Unfortunately, the percentage of females earning degrees has remained relatively constant over the last ten years.

Top 10 Engineering Degrees, Female, 2015-16
Source: Yoder, B. L. (2017). Engineering by the numbers. American Society for Engineering Education.

  1. Mechanical
  2. Chemical
  3. Computer Science
  4. Civil
  5. Biomedical
  6. Industrial/Manufacturing/Systems
  7. Electrical
  8. Computer Engineering
  9. Environmental
  10. Aerospace

STEM degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels have also increased among males and females, with females earning a larger share of graduate degrees than at the bachelor’s level. However, the gap is still large, with only 26% of master’s degrees in engineering and computer/information sciences awarded to females and 22% of doctoral degrees awarded to females.

SWE Efforts to Increase Female Attainment of Engineering Degrees

SWE has a strong network of collegiate members across the country.

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